“ The Hindi language has constantly been adopting English words since the British took over India, and HFM has been reflective of that. It may surprise some to hear Manna Dey singing Evening News with lyrics given by Sudarshan Faakir for Dooriyan (1979) or even C. Ramchandra singing Aana Meri Jaan Sunday Ke Sunday from... continue reading.
“ There was a time in Hindi Movies when there was no concept of playback signing…if you wanted to act, you better know how to sing! (Remember Main Ban Ki Chidiya … Doooooloooooon Re!!) As the years passed, playback singing evolved, enriched our Bolywood movies to a great extent, and then another trend came by…... continue reading.
“ Don’t you get this feeling sometimes when you hear some of our Bollywood songs? While our HFM is richly dipped in melody for the most part, there are occasions when this “Haven’t I heard that somewhere” feeling leads you quite often to the West wherein the “roots” of that tune lie … Pal Pal... continue reading.
” One after the other, so many gems were churned out in that era that it came to be known as the Golden Decade for Hindi music.The crème-de-la-crème of the major hits of the 60’s … Barsaat Ki Raat, Kohinoor, Chaudvin Ka Chand and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai – all musicals, had at... continue reading.
“ That’s what I would tell anyone who says “They don’t make songs like these anymore!” I encourage all fans of golden oldies to listen to some of the great musical numbers from 90’s, and later. Unfortunately, the “time filter” that makes good numbers survive (and leave mediocre ones forgotten) hasn’t done it’s part yet.... continue reading.
“ Simultaneously providing structure and texture to the music, raagas have been the life thread running through the rich tradition of Hindustani and other classical Indian music. Not surprisingly, these same raagas have been the foundation of Hindi Film Music, especially in the early decades through the 60’s. Some were formally based on the raag,... continue reading.
“ Did you know that nine out of 10 doctors prescribe listening to songs composed by Madan Mohan and sung by Lata Mangeshkar as the cure for many ills? And that six of these doctors claim these songs even cure cancer? Just joking of course, but, please do try a course of these nine prescriptions. And... continue reading.